If you caught jangle-punk band Tyler Jon Tyler
before they broke up last fall, I’m sure you were floored—just like everybody who saw them—by the power of Rebecca Flores’s vocals. Soulful and raw but with an unapologetic flamboyance, they put her in a class with Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females
. Flores’s current project, Negative Scanner—whose first show was exactly one year ago tonight, and also at the Burlington—has more snarl and bite than Tyler Jon Tyler, and its occasional dives into dark postpunk let her brood and cut loose even more. An Empty Bottle set
recorded in May by engineer Shimby McCreery testifies not only to Flores’s commanding presence but also to Negative Scanner’s fierce, filled-out sound—and the band is bound to be even better by now. It just finished its debut LP, with plans for a spring release; labels, take note. —Kevin Warwick Circles headline; Negative Scanner and Basic Cable open.